Friday, 29 July 2016

A few more Leonie samples...


This is my final post for the moment of samples from the latest Leonie Pujol launch shows as next week I have some other projects that I need to show you, so today I thought I would share a few photos of some of the other projects that I made for the shows...

This card was made using the mosaic die and the pieces were coated with glossy accents.  The spin die was also used to create a bubble type effect in the background.

I used the waste from the flower dies to create a stencil effect on my box then used a mix of gilding flakes and glitter to make the different layers of my very decadent flower topper!  To go in the box I used the heart dies with some shrink plastic which I coloured with alcohol ink, to make a pair of earrings.

I also wanted to create a very mixed media feel card.  Dylusions ink sprays were used to create the background colours then the mixed media texture stamps were added with tonal inks.  The heart background was die cut in gold then cut into sections to add as a main feature.  The other hearts were cut from mount board and embossed with glittery gold powder.  Finally the word was stamped from the sentiment stamp set.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the different samples and that they have given a little inspiration.  The other design team members will also be sharing ideas on their blogs, all of which you can find in the side bar of this post (Barnsley Crafter; Katrina's Crafting Blog; Cake Coffee Craft.)

Jane x

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Leonie - Gilded Bark Card


Today I thought I would show you one of the cards that I made as a sample for last week's launch that didn't get shown on TV.

This card is using one of the background dies, the bark texture.  This die can be really versatile as I cut pieces off to become branches, but other members of the design team also used it horizontally to become sea, so it is really up to you as to what you can do with the die!

Here is the card that I made...

I started by cutting a square of card with some double sided adhesive on it, then cut 2 pieces of the bark die from vintage gold card and attached it to the adhesive.  The rest of the background was then covered with gilding flakes.
A frame was cut using Sue Wilson's double pierced dies from Kraft card and some acetate attached to the inside.  I wanted to make a shaker card so decided to use copper micro beads to stick with the autumnal colour theme that had emerged...
The frame was then attached using foam tape.  Once I had attached it I decided to add some string around the edges as well to help keep the beads in.
I then used a piece of the bark to add some more interest to the frame along with some of the leaves from the floral set, also gilded and some mini pine cones and gold stamens from my stash.
Finally one of the sentiments from the mixed media stamps was stamped and embossed in gold then cut out with the pierced flag dies from Sue Wilson...
This was quite a different sort of card for me but I enjoyed all the different mediums and textures that were involved.
I will be back on Friday with some more projects from the show so hopefully you will come by again for a look,
Jane x 

Monday, 25 July 2016

Leonie - Floral Wreath


I have a 3D project today that was created for the Leonie Launch shows...

When I received the dies I was really happy to see flowers as they are one of my favourite things to use on any project!  Even better these were funky flowers so they are like nothing else that I already have.  I immediately wanted to create a floral wreath but knew that colouring the flowers myself would be way too time consuming, so instead I decided to use patterned paper and had an evening of cutting lots and lots of flowers...

The base is an MDF wreath which I drilled a hole in the top of then painted with gesso then a light green chalk paint.  I did stamp and emboss in gold powder lots of the flower stamps, you may just about be able to catch the odd glimpse but most then got covered up by the paper flowers!!
The really fun bit was then stacking and arranging the flowers in all sorts of ways until I was happy with the arrangement.  Then I tucked in some leaves to add that extra bit of interest that I think flowers always require.
Finally I stamped one of the sentiment stamps and die cut into a circle, inking up the edges with distress ink...

The ribbon was matched to the colour tones and added to hang the wreath if wanted.

I will be back on Wednesday with another project from the shows so until then I hope you have a lovely start to your week,

Jane x

Sunday, 24 July 2016

And the winner is...

Hello all!

I hope you enjoyed the Leonie launch shows with the new mixed media dies and stamps.

Thank you all for the comments that were left throughout the 24 hours and also to my new follower and all the extra people who popped by to take a look!

I have numbered the posts in the order they appeared to me at the end of the time period and then used a random number generator to choose the winner...

And the winner is... Junie W!!!!!!!

Please can you send me an e mail with your full name and postal address Junie and I will send your prize out ASAP -

Thank you once again to all who came to have a look or entered, hopefully I will be able to do more giveaways in the coming months.

This week I will be posting different samples from the shows on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so I hope you are able to pop back for a look,

Jane x

Friday, 22 July 2016

Leonie Pujol Mixed Media Launch and Give Away!!

Hello again!

I hope you are having a great day and evening so far!

Tonight sees the launch of a new One Day Special by Leonie Pujol and to celebrate I am running a give away for one of the sets of mixed media dies...

To enter all you need to do is to leave a comment on this blog post (if you can't see a comment box then just click on the actual post title and you should find somewhere to comment at the bottom of the post).  The give away will run between 8pm today and 8pm on Saturday 23rd July (BST), when a name will be chosen at random from the comments that have been left.

Katrina, Elaine and Nick are also running give aways on their Facebook pages at the same time and we are all giving away different sets so please do go and enter via the links...

Plus they will also be posting projects on their blogs...

* Leonie:
* Nick:
* Katrina:
* Elaine:

But onto my sample that I would like to share with you tonight!  I chose this one because it really is in a mixed media style and I used a number of the dies and stamps (including the one for this give away)...

I used the dies to create texture by sticking the dies to the plaque and also by stencilling through the waste.  This was then painted over with gesso then coloured with blue paint and highlighted with silver Pebeo gilding wax...

The line stamps were then used to create more layers using silver embossing powder and then the heart stamp used with silver gilding flakes to add another layer on top...

I wanted to use the face dies to make a real focal point, so cut those out using antique silver card and placed them by working out where I also wanted my sentiment...

Finally I chose this beautiful sentiment that just seemed to fit so well with all the elements that I had used on the plaque.  I added some extra interest by using the line stamp and also to help tie it in to the rest of the project.  This was then layered onto matching antique silver card and placed onto the plaque...

These products have been really great to work with and I am sure they will be making lots of appearances within my mixed media pieces.  However next week you will see in my posts how they can be adapted to make very pretty pieces as well as cards in all sorts of styles so I hope you will take a look on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to see some of my other samples in closer detail.

Please do leave a comment to be in with a chance to win the die set, entries close on 23/7/16 at 8pm (BST) and also visit the other design team members Facebook pages.

Jane x

A quick update...

Hello all!

Just to let you know that Leonie will now start her launch show at 7pm tonight and this will now run for 2 hours!

So the give aways will now run from 7pm tonight until 8pm tomorrow.

To watch the launch show tune in to HOCHANDA on...

  • SKY 663 (24/7)

  • FREEVIEW 39 (6am-9pm)

  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

  • Or online at...

    There will be more shows tomorrow at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm

    See you at 7!!

    Jane x

    Funtastic Friday: Under The Sea


    I hope you are having a good week!

    Today is extra exciting as I have completed my canvas (yay!) and tonight is also the launch of Leonie Pujol's mixed media dies and to celebrate I will be having a give away of one of the die sets!!  There will also be give aways from the other design team members so to be in with a chance pop back at 8pm tonight (BST) when I will have all the details!

    However back to now...

    I will be entering my canvas into the following challenges...

    * Mixed Media World: #16 Under The Sea
    * Creative Artiste: #16 Anything Goes
    * Crafty Girls Creations: #23 Anything Goes
    * Rhedd's Creative Spirit: Anything Goes
    * Love To Create: #15 Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
    * Craft Stamper: Take it Make it, Anything Goes

    Here is the completed canvas...

    Although I showed the start of this creation on Monday I thought it best to have a quick recap!

    I started by using strips of stockingnette, wrappers and gauze with Paverpol fabric hardener, which I placed onto the canvas and then added some 3D art balls from Powertex...

    After this had thoroughly dried, (which was helped by the lovely weather we have had) I used starlight paints from Imagination Crafts in 3 shades of blue with some pearl added to help lighten areas.  I wanted to create a mix of blues to recreate the different shades that you get in the ocean...

    Once this was dried I felt that the colour needed something extra so I added some green and blue silk glazes...

    As the theme was 'Under The Sea' I wanted to create a magical feel to the canvas, so added some different textures and sparkle using blue and gold chunky glitter by Chloe as well as blue and green micro beads by Prima.  I then picked out some different sized beads in matching colours to add extra detail.  I also wanted to highlight the texture of the fabric so used gold Pebeo gilding wax...

    Once these had all set completely I stamped out a range of shells using 'A Little Bit Scenic, Seashells' by Sheena Douglas.  I used versamark and gold embossing powder then after heat setting cut them out.  I also stamped out the sentiment from the same set and cut it out using a label die...

    Once they were coloured using Spectrum Aqua pens with a sparkle pen, some had gold glitter added and the others were glazed with glossy accents and sprinkled with glamour dust.  Once dry they were adhered to the canvas using glue gel and some extra dots were added using Cosmic Shimmer gold PVA.  The sentiment was dusted with distress inks and also added to the top of the canvas.  To finish it off some birds from a Leonie Pujol stamp set were added using Timber Brown Staz On ink...

    I really enjoyed using the Paverpol on a canvas and will be seeing what other ways I can use it from now on.  I had to stop myself getting too carried away with the glitz, but it is very difficult to get the full effect on photographs!

    I will be back later with the give away details and my first sample post for Leonie's new launch so hope you will be able to come back for a look.

    Jane x

    Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    Wonderful Wednesday: A sneak peek...


    I hope you are having lovely weather wherever you are and have been able to enjoy it :)

    Unfortunately I haven't quite managed to complete my mixed media canvas as it required a lot of drying time (I had used quite a lot of Paverpol!), but I am sure it will be ready for Friday.

    However I have another mixed media project to show today, but only a little sneak peek as it is made with some of the products that are part of the new Leonie Pujol mixed media dies launch which are a One Day Special this Friday (22nd July) on HOCHANDA at 8pm. 
    There will also then be programmes throughout Saturday (9am, 12pm, 4pm & 7pm) with lots of samples, demos etc.

    So here are a couple of pictures to tease you...

    You can watch HOCHANDA online at


  • SKY 663 (24/7)

  • FREEVIEW 39 (6am - 9pm)

  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

  • I will be back with my completed canvas on Friday morning, then a special launch post at 8pm to show some of the complete samples made for the show, hope to see you there!

    Jane x

    Monday, 18 July 2016

    Mixed Media Monday: A canvas started...


    I hope you have all had a lovely weekend!

    I think my beach hut project did the trick as the weather has been gorgeous here and set to be very hot for the next couple of days.

    I must apologise for my lack of posts last week, unfortunately as well as being busy with end of year events etc. I also managed to get tonsillitis and the antibiotics have only started to kick in this weekend.  Therefore today's post is the start rather than a completed one!

    Having recently bought some Paverpol fabric hardener I decided that I would like to use it to create a canvas project.  I have previously used other hardeners with fabric onto bottles so I was keen to try something new.
    As it takes a while for the product to dry I have only got one stage completed but thought I would share what has been done so far.  Here is what I used...

    I like the fact that Paverpol comes in a tub so I could dip strips of material straight in.  I did this with some stockingnette, Paverpol wrappers and gauze and once completely covered placed onto the canvas.  Once I had put on what I wanted I added some Powertex 3D balls for extra texture...

    This will now be left for as long as is needed for it to be completely dry so I am not sure when I will be able to show the next stage!  I will leave you guessing at what the theme is going to be...

    I am going to cut my blog days back to Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the summer holidays, so my next post will be Wednesday, hope to see you there!

    Jane x

    Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    Design Team Tuesday: Handbags at dawn...


    A quick post today of a couple of the projects that I made for the most recent Leonie Pujol launch on HOCHANDA...

    This gift box is made by folding a piece of 12" x 12" paper or card, in this case it was cream coloured card.  The details of how it is folded can be found HERE on a lovely blog by Verity Cards.  I also used one of the embossing folders, covering the inside of the folder with versamark before embossing through the machine then adding and heating red embossing powder to create the background of the flap.  The front hearts are made using some of the stamps, cut out and added to the flap.

    I also made a card using a handbag shaped card that I already had in my stash...

    I ran the card through the love lines folder at an angle then coloured it using distress inks to create a leatherish look!  Some water drops were also flicked on to create an aged look then the words and hearts added from the stamps.

    Hopefully these projects show a couple more ways to use the new products, there are also more ideas over on Leonie and the rest of the design teams blogs...

    * Leonie:
    * Nick:
    * Katrina:
    * Elaine:

    Due to it being near to the end of the school year I am a bit busy here and there at the moment so I will be back on Friday this week with another project, I hope you are able to pop by for a look,

    Jane x

    Monday, 11 July 2016

    Mixed Media Monday: Beach Hut Fun


    I thought I would try to encourage summer to appear today with a summer/holiday fun project!

    This piece is being entered into the following challenges...

    * Mixed Media Mojo: Summertime
    * Anything But Cute: Summertime Fun
    * Craft Stamper: Anything Goes (include stamping)

    Here is my project...

    I started with a blank MDF shrine from Creative Expressions, which I put together and prepared with white gesso.  I wanted to create a weathered beach hut look so Americana D├ęcor crackle was added then blue chalk paint and finally a coat of satin varnish...

    The sentiment is from an IndigoBlu set, and I raided my seashore stash where I had little bits and bobs related to the seaside that I had collected over time...

    Stamps from Stamp Addicts were used for the bucket and beach hut.  These were coloured with Spectrum Aqua pens and coated with glossy accents...

    The sand was created using Stampendous embossing powder and then copper microbeads by Prima in 3D matt gel...

    This was fun to make and I have a couple more of these little shrines to play with still!

    I will be back tomorrow with another project from the last Leonie Pujol launch,

    Jane x

    Friday, 8 July 2016

    Funtastic Friday: Pre-historic Pals


    I have something a bit different today although still using a card style that I have really grown to love over the past few weeks!

    When I received my latest edition of Craft Stamper magazine there was an article where the designers had used a really cute dinosaur set to make a variety of cards.  My 4 year old son loves dinosaurs and straight away I knew that I wanted that set!!  So I ordered the 'Pre-historic Pals' clear stamp set made by Sugar Pea Designs and when they arrived I totally loved them.  I have already stamped some for my little boy to colour and my daughter has also used them to make a card for a little boy she knows.

    I wanted to use them to make another pop up box card, but this time a smaller version that I already had some card blanks for.  In the end I made 2 that were very similar but with slightly different colour tones...

    The dinosaurs were stamped, cut out and coloured in using Spectrum Aqua pens then fixed the pieces to strips of acetate...

    The panels were created using the Jazmyne embossing folder from Couture Creations.  One coloured using Peeled Paint distress ink and the other using beige coloured card.  Both had gold Pebeo gilding wax added to highlight the texture.  The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment came from the dinosaur set and the other sentiment is from a Stampin'Up! dinosaur set...

    I have also used the set to make some other items as it also has quite a wide range of quirky sentiments on it as well. 
    I will be back on Monday with a summery mixed media make, I hope you can come by for a look,
    Jane x 

    Wednesday, 6 July 2016

    Wonderful Wednesday: Bubbles!


    Sorry I am a bit late with this post, but it is still Wednesday!!

    A quick one today to show a couple of little cards that I made for last weeks launch show for Leonie...

    These were created very simply using the embossing folders with just a couple of the stamps and hopefully show that the products don't need to be used in a complicated way to give an effective look.

    I will be back on Friday with a some projects using a different set of stamps,

    Jane x

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016

    Design Team Tuesday: Pop Up Box Card for Leonie

    Hello again!

    Today I am sharing one of the cards that I made for the launch shows last week of Leonie's new embossing folders and stamps.

    I have started to try to get out of my card making comfort zone recently by attempting some different types of card and have discovered a love of these pop up box cards.  When I saw the flowers on the Everlasting Love set I thought they would be perfect as a bouquet in one of these cards and as you have all the panels to decorate thought it would be  good way to show some of the other lovely new products too.

    I started with the base card and struts, there are details of the measurements etc. on an earlier post on my blog HERE...

    Because I was going to use quite funky looking flowers I wanted the colour scheme to be fresh and bright so chose orange and yellow.  I started by creating panels of yellow card to form the base layers...

    I used the Floral Tapestry stamp to create a background, and stamped the image twice in versamark before embossing with clear powder.  It was really easy to line up as the pattern is quite busy.  Then I cut the panel pieces that I needed before colouring them with distress inks (I used the left over pieces for other projects)...

    The other panels were then created using the Growing Love embossing folder onto some card coloured with the distress inks.  I then sanded over the texture to highlight the pattern...

    When I went to stick the panels onto the box I realised that they needed something to help them stand out so added a black card layer which really made a difference...

    At this point I then stuck the struts into my box...

    To create the main focal point I stamped the flowers and some hearts using black Versafine ink.  These were then coloured by using Spectrum Aqua pens and then covered with a clear spectrum sparkle pen.  Once done they were then cut out, which is a bit time consuming but I really liked the effect and found it quite relaxing...

    I must admit that I then got so carried away with creating my scene that I forgot to take any more photos until the end!!  Once the pieces were cut out I cut some of the images down and leaves off so that I could create different levels on the struts.  They were stuck onto strips of acetate and once I was happy with my layout I stuck the acetate onto the struts.  I ended up with a gap I was unhappy with so added the little bumble bee at the last minute.  I then used some of the sentiments from one of the other sets, stamping then die cutting with a pierced flag die and also used my little left over flowers as extra embellishments on the front ...

    I hope you like it, I thought it had a real summer feel when complete and could hopefully brighten someone's day!

    I will be back tomorrow with another post so until then have a lovely day,

    Jane x